Whoops. When I mentioned Mongols, Moors and possibly other Mediterranean cultures, I forgot to mention that pants were worn by the WOMEN of those groups... Ziddina (blast mycat is trying to lie on he\\keyboard..._
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From: "Stefan li Rous" <stefanlirous@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 1, 2009 6:02:52 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] RE: Newbie here! Garb question
<<< Anyway, onto my question. Does one's garb have to be exactly time
period? I am just having a very hard time finding a time period with
garb that I would be comfortable wearing. I am definitely a pants-
wearing type of girl and although I am pretty sure I am going to
create a persona of Indian origin, I don't like the traditional garb
of the women of that era.
Would it be acceptable to tweek historical Indian garb so that it
still looks period (and is comfortable for me to wear) but isn't quite
historically accurate? >>>
Try something new for you! Bring out your feminine side! :-) Okay,
just some joking from a guy who likes to see women in dresses and
feminine wear. And yet from a guy who generally wears long tunics in
There are cultures where women did wear pants. I would concentrate on
one of those. The only requirement in the SCA on clothing "is to make
an attempt at medieval clothing" and nothing we do is going to be
perfectly time-accurate. Even if you use linen and wool for your
outfits, was it made from hand-spun thread on a hand loom? But I think
starting out with a compromise on the type of clothing will eventually
disappoint you as you develop your persona more and more.
I believe the Scythians were a culture where the women wore pants,
which is true of a number of similar nomadic peoples, but I'm not sure
how much knowledge is available on these people. I do have a friend
who chose that culture because, like you, she doesn't like to wear
Scythians-msg (10K) 1/31/00 A Eurasian Nomadic people. 700 - 300
Another way to handle this is to cross-dress. This appears to have
almost always been women dressing as men. Mostly on the sly. However,
there was a movement in Elizabethan times of women dressing in men's
clothing more openly.
cross-dressng-msg (9K) 4/ 5/05 Cross-dressing in period.
Why do you prefer pants? Is it the way they feel?, freedom of
movement? look? When you say you are a "pants-wearing type of girl"
does that exclude wearing pants under a dress or skirt? Afterall with
most period dresses, especially with the upper class, you can barely
see the shoes, much less see what is being worn under the dress.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
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